Montgomery County: The Next Great Urban Center?

by Mark Wellborn


Will Montgomery County’s reputation change in the coming years from that of one of DC’s largest suburbs to the newest urban center in the area? The Washington Post is reporting that the county planning board has approved a number of redevelopment measures to transform the county into a network of urban villages.

Among the approved changes are a group of 25-story high rise buildings in White Flint and a number of new developments with minimal parking aimed at decreasing people’s dependence on their car.

From The Post:

“Planning Board Chairman Royce Hanson has predicted that the next wave of newcomers in Montgomery will be urbanists ready to give up the detached house, two cars and a gleaming front lawn, and instead embrace city living in the suburbs. The plans are a major step toward creating a new type of suburb where it is easy for residents and workers to walk, bike or rely on public transportation. His hope, he said, is to produce ‘great urban centers.’”

The paper goes on to say that the reinvention is being planned as the county’s population is expected to grow to more than 1 million people in the next 20 years, and the area is almost out of buildable space. Needless to say, the Montgomery County that you know is about to change.

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  1. Tom A. said at 11:43 am on Friday July 17, 2009:

    The White Flint area is a horrible monstrosity already.  Think Tyson’s Corners with no mall, metro access and taller buildings… and Rockville Pike.  It’s sad to see that it’s going to get worse when the economy improves.  It’s really time to get rid of the DC height restriction so the 25 story condo buildings will be IN DC, not in the burbs.

  1. Tom A. said at 11:51 am on Friday July 17, 2009:

    PS: I’m staying in (greater) Kensington for a while and found the following document.  I only recently learned that Kensington is a town with a mayor and town council with fewer than 2k residents, while Bethesda is just unincorporated MoCo, with over 55k residents. 

    I’m from New England, so the whole notion of
    not living in a town fascinates me.  I also think this plan is pretty fitting for a small town like Kensington.

    Planning geeks might be interested in this:  http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/community/kensington/index.shtm

  1. Maria said at 12:20 pm on Friday July 17, 2009:

    In addition to creating urban centers MoCo just launched a sister city program.  It would be interesting to know what the selection process is and how that is going to work.

  1. Finn McCool said at 2:27 pm on Monday July 20, 2009:

    Montgomery County is doing this for one reason—MONEY!  It is sad, but Rockville is already over burdened with traffic…one more nail in it’s coffin.

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